Kentucky Derby Pie

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Indulge in the sweet and nutty goodness of Kentucky Derby Pie, a classic dessert that combines the richness of chocolate with the crunch of pecans. This delightful pie is perfect for gatherings, special occasions, or simply when you’re craving a comforting treat.

Why Make This Recipe

Kentucky Derby Pie is a beloved Southern dessert known for its irresistible combination of flavors and textures. It’s easy to make, requires simple ingredients, and is sure to impress your family and friends with its delicious taste.

How to Make Kentucky Derby Pie


  • 1 9” pie crust, chilled
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • Whipped cream for serving (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375˚F. Line pie crust with parchment paper and fill with dry beans or pie weights. Bake for 7 minutes.
  2. Remove crust from the oven, discard paper and weights, then dock the bottom of the crust with a fork. Bake for another 7 minutes. Allow crust to cool while preparing the filling.
  3. Lower the oven temperature to 350˚F. Mix flour, sugar, eggs, butter, bourbon, vanilla, and salt together. Fold in pecans and chocolate.
  4. Pour the filling into the pie crust and bake for 35-40 minutes until the top is golden brown. If needed, cover the edges of the crust with foil halfway through baking to prevent burning.
  5. Allow the pie to cool before slicing. Serve with whipped cream if desired.

How to Serve Kentucky Derby Pie

Serve slices of Kentucky Derby Pie at room temperature or slightly warmed. Add a dollop of whipped cream on top for extra creaminess and flavor.

How to Store Kentucky Derby Pie

Store leftover Kentucky Derby Pie in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. It can also be frozen for up to 1 month. Thaw in the refrigerator before serving.

Tips to Make Kentucky Derby Pie

  • Use high-quality chocolate chips for a rich and smooth filling.
  • Toast the pecans before adding them to the filling for a deeper flavor.
  • Allow the pie to cool completely before slicing to ensure it sets properly.


For a twist on the classic recipe, try adding a tablespoon of instant espresso powder to the filling for a hint of coffee flavor.


  1. Can I use a pre-made pie crust for Kentucky Derby Pie? Yes, you can use a store-bought pie crust instead of making one from scratch.
  2. Can I substitute the bourbon in the recipe? Yes, you can omit the bourbon or replace it with a teaspoon of vanilla extract for a non-alcoholic version.
  3. Can I use different nuts in place of pecans? Yes, you can use walnuts or almonds instead of pecans for a different flavor profile.

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